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The four confederation presidents declare their support to Graca\\
3 January 2012
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, December 19, 2011 – The Presidents of four of the five Continental Confederations that form the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) have agreed to support the candidacy of Brazilian Dr. Ary da Silva Graça to preside the institution for the period 2012-2016.
Dr. Saleh Bin Nasser of Saudi Arabia, Dr. Amr Elwani of Egypt, Cristobal Marte Hoffiz of Dominican Republic and Graça who preside over the Asian, African, Norceca and South American Confederations respectively, adopted their decision following a series of meetings that concluded on Sunday in Lausanne. These Continental Confederations group 166 of the 220 National Volleyball Federations from countries represented in FIVB.
The next elective congress of FIVB is scheduled to take place on September 2012 in the city of Anaheim, California in the United States after the conclusion of the London Olympic Games.
Following the agreement, the continental leaders met with the President of FIVB Jizhong Wei and informed him about their decision to support Graça, who has been the President of the South American Volleyball Confederation since 2003 and President of the Brazilian Volleyball Confederation since 1997.
The Presidents of the four Continental Confederations praised the capabilities of the Brazilian as the ideal person to lead FIVB for the next period and committed to work together to ensure the equity and equal opportunities for all Continental Confederations in the FIVB decisions making, participation in the different working bodies and, above all, the equitable participation of teams from all confederations in the world events of FIVB, pursuing at the same time, to guarantee the development of volleyball and beach volleyball at the world level.
They put the future plan that can be achieved through the unity of the different National Federations all over the world specially category 1 and 2 which need more developmental support
Graça, 68, was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1943. He obtained a Doctor in Law Degree from the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and began his professional career as lawyer in 1966.
Graça is a former player of the Brazilian National Team in the 60’s and 70’s who has been recipient of several recognitions for his contributions to the sport and the Brazilian society including the recognition as Executive of the Year by the Brazilian Institute of Finance Executives and the Military Sport Merit from the Brazilian Army.
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